Suncoast service celebrates 40 years

(From left) Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath, artist Jandamarra Cadd, CEO Marla Edwards and President Noela L’Estrange. Photo: Supplied

The Suncoast Community Legal Service (SCLS) celebrated 40 years last month by unveiling its new office and brand.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath and members of the coast’s business and legal community joined the celebrations to mark the service’s 40th year at the official opening of its new office space in downtown Maroochydore.

SCLS CEO Marla Edwards said the new office symbolised growth, expansion and provided an enhanced ability to serve the community effectively.

“Last year we provided 2922 free legal advices to community members, and made 2750 referrals to other government agencies to help our clients,” Marla said.

“Our goal is to continue to build on that, and to offer enhanced services to vulnerable residents on the coast – like children in need, aged residents, people with disabilities and first nation residents.”

In addition to the opening of the new office, Marla said SCLS was honoured to unveil a bespoke indigenous artwork by Jandamarra Cadd.


The artwork, incorporating the service’s logo, underscores SCLS’s unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion and cultural sensitivity in its service provision, and adds a significant cultural and artistic dimension to the official celebrations.

SCLS principal solicitor John Shanahan said the unveiling of the office and the artwork gave everyone in the room an opportunity to reflect on the contribution SCLS had made to the Suncoast community over the past 40 years and project its continuing contribution into the future for fair and equal access to justice for all.

“SCLS remains steadfast in its commitment to providing high-quality legal and allied services on a fair and equal basis, with a focus on people who are disadvantaged; and developing and strengthening partnerships and collaborations to meet the needs of community,” John said.

“Not only do we offer free legal services to our clients, but we also advocate for changes to laws that may adversely affect our residents and clients and offer legal education to the community.”

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